Climate Change Makes Hurricanes Stay Stronger Longer

Hurricanes are staying stronger for longer after making landfall, causing greater and more widespread destruction, because ocean waters heated by climate change give them extra fuel, according to a study published Wednesday in Nature. Researchers looked at 71 hurricanes that made landfall since 1967. In the 1960s, hurricanes lost 75% of their energy in the first day after making landfall, …

Research: getting close to tipping points

November 2020. In the paper, published as a commentary in the journal Nature this month, the group of researchers summarize the latest findings related to the threat of tipping points as part of effort to “identify knowledge gaps” and suggest ways to fill them. “We explore the effects of such large-scale changes,” the scientists explain, “how quickly they might unfold …

Heating May Be Triggering Era Worse Than Any in Recorded History: NASA warned 5 years ago and it continues to be ignored. Now megadrought happening already in the West

Climate-Driven Megadrought Is Emerging in Western U.S., Says Study: Warming May Be Triggering Era Worse Than Any in Recorded History The current drought is already outdoing the three earliest ones, with extreme aridity lasting decades in the late 800s, mid-1100s, the 1200s as measured from tree ring data in thousands of trees. Furthermore, the current drought is affecting wider areas more consistently …

A recent poll found that almost half the state’s Latino voters say they were personally affected by climate change in the last year.

Many Latino voters in Nevada are worried about climate change. By Molly Matthews Multedo | Wednesday, October 28, 2020 In Nevada, about 20% of voters are Latino, and a growing number are deeply concerned about climate change. A recent poll found that almost half the state’s Latino voters say they were personally affected by climate change in the last year. “We look at it …

Inequality, complexity, or neglect, as precursors to societal collapse? COVID has already given a taste of what happens when a society fails to meet the challenges that face it, when the factions that rule over it tend solely to their own interests

Excerpt, Ben Ehrenreich, NYTimes Magazine, Nov 2020 Tainter thinks complexity…The quest for efficiency, he wrote recently, has brought on unprecedented levels of complexity: “an elaborate global system of production, shipping, manufacturing and retailing” in which goods are manufactured in one part of the world to meet immediate demands in another, and delivered only when they’re needed. The system’s speed is …

New permafrost study shows a few degrees of warming can trigger abrupt thaws of vast frozen lands, releasing huge stores of greenhouse gases and collapsing landscapes

Based on historic changes and the rate of change now, it appears likely that large-scale permafrost thawing and carbon release is going to happen again. This study suggests that abrupt permafrost thawing represents a tipping point in the climate system. The vast permafrost regions of the Arctic hold more carbon than the Earth’s atmosphere, and a rapid and a large release …

Dust Bowl 2.0? Rising Great Plains dust levels stir concerns

Science Magazine, October 2020, doi:10.1126/science.abf3504 Recent studies are showing how climate change is drying out the region. Greenhouse gases are making heat waves like those in the 1930s far more likely, according to a study published in May in Nature Climate Change. And in an April study in Science, researchers suggested much of the western United States is on the brink of a prolonged …

Millions of Americans will be displaced. Where will they go?

AZUSA, CALIF. The Ranch 2 Fire burned more than 4,200 acres, part of the worst wildfire season in California history. By Abrahm Lustgarten | Photographs by Meridith Kohut August besieged California with a heat unseen in generations. A surge in air-conditioning broke the state’s electrical grid, leaving a population already ravaged by the coronavirus to work remotely by the dim light …

A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

Devastating heat is the new face of inequality. New coalition seeks to name hot weather like hurricanes — maybe after Exxon and Chevron?

Or should they be named for Exxon, Chevron, et al. as Jacquie Patterson suggested? https://newrepublic.com/minutes/144735/we-naming-hurricanes-exxon-chevron-not-harvey-irma , https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2012/nov/06/hurricanes-climate-change-fossil-fuels https://www.planetizen.com/node/94703/study-hurricanes-should-be-named-exxon-and-chevron Heat wave ‘Hugo?’ New coalition seeks to name hot weather like hurricanes. The Washington Post | Jason Samenow Heat waves are a silent killer. Unlike other extreme weather phenomena, you can’t see them coming, and they don’t leave behind a trail of …